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Vol 62 No 20

Published 7th October 2021


Rivalry holds back the region

Regional trade has largely recovered from the pandemic, but is still hampered by political battles

East Africa's economy grew the fastest of all Africa's regions before the pandemic. Growth was predicted at 5.1% for 2020 pre-Covid – largely driven by strong spending on infrastructure and rising domestic demand – but came to an abrupt halt in the middle of last year as the pandemic took hold. So too did trade between countries in the region. However, the six-nation East African Community, say economic analysts, is one of the most integrated regions on the continent.

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